RE: When one can call oneself expert

  • From: "Mercadante, Thomas F" <thomas.mercadante@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'FREEMANR@xxxxxxxx'" <FREEMANR@xxxxxxxx>, "'oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx '" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 07:53:29 -0500


"A man's got to know his limitations".
(A quote from a Dirty Harry movie.)

This, to me, is the definition of an expert.  You *clearly* understand that
you know a lot about Oracle, but that there are things you do not know but
have the interest and drive to learn them.

I always think that understanding what I don't know is more important than
bragging about what I do know.

One of life's lessons.


-----Original Message-----
From: Freeman Robert - IL [mailto:FREEMANR@xxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 5:37 PM
To: 'oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx '
Subject: RE: When one can call oneself expert

Personally, I am uncomfortable with the title expert. I've had it put in a
Bio or two, but never at my request. Even after 15+ years of Oracle, I still
find out every day that:

1. There are things I never quite understood right.
2. Things I didn't know that I thought I should know.
3. That there are things that I knew at one time, that I completley have
forgotten (I hate this one the worst I think).

All I know is that I'm fortunate to have a wide set of experiences, so I've
done a great number of things. I understand the basics, so the details are
not that hard to get to. I can read, and research, and think I have
something that I think only trully "experienced" DBA's have, a kind of
sixth-sence about problem solving. 

Does that make me special? Nope, just means I've been doing this a while.
Put me in an ER and I'd be killing people all day long.


-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 12/22/2004 4:17 PM
Subject: RE: When one can call oneself expert

Amen!  I have know many Oracle "experts"  with really very little

When someone calls themselves an "expert" I usually find myself
their resume and looking for another candidate.  I usually find these
are experts at BS and not Oracle at all.


-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Sutton [mailto:terrysutton@xxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 4:01 PM
To: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: When one can call oneself expert

I was once told "There are no experts, only specialists", and I've seen
reason to disagree.



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